Jan 27 2013
Several stories about the eviction of a Harlem mosque have blamed greedy white developers and ‘gentrification’ for kicking out the Muslims
It took awhile to find the real reason that the Masjid Aqsa mosque is being evicted: ‘Non-Payment of Rent since September 2012’
NY Times The Masjid Aqsa on Frederick Douglass Boulevard near West 116th Street has been crammed into its run-down, rented space for about 16 years, serving the mostly West African congregation of about 1,200. But now, after a persistent rent dispute with its landlord, the mosque finds itself in housing court facing eviction. Its lease agreement expired Sept. 30. Back rent has accumulated. Yet the mosque has stubbornly remained.